TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan’s premier warned Tuesday of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island’s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to “steal government secrets” despite warming cross-strait relations.
Jiang Yi-huah’s warning comes after the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned on Sunday that China is waging an aggressive cyber war against the United States which costs American businesses billions of dollars every year.
“The mainland’s cyber units have been stepping up attacks on Taiwan’s civil and government websites,” Jiang said in parliament.
Urging government employees to heighten their vigilance, Jiang said Chinese cyber attackers often use civil websites as springboards to access Taiwan’s official websites and “steal government secrets”.
Taiwan and China split in 1949 at the end of a civil war, separated by the Taiwan Strait.
Ties between Taiwan and China have improved markedly since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008 on a platform of boosting cross-strait trade and tourism.